Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 2008 with a core objective of providing high quality emergency medicine training to healthcare professionals in countries where emergency medicine is a developing speciality.
Sepsis and trauma are two of the fastest growing causes of morbidity and mortality in populations with developing healthcare systems. Recognising the deficit in Emergency Care training in Africa, Dr Jean O’Sullivan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital (AMNCH) in Tallaght established the Global Emergency Care Skills charity.
The training is undertaken through the provision of a skills and simulation based course in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management. The teaching faculty is composed of emergency medicine physicians from Ireland.
Training & Course Curriculum
GECS objective of reducing morbidity and mortality is undertaken through the provision of a skills based course in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management every year in a different region. The curriculum has been developed by an expert body of Irish Emergency Medicine doctors and is based on best international evidence. It is tailored to local epidemiological patterns of injury and illness and to available local healthcare resources. The course covers the emergency care of both adult and paediatric patients. The teaching equipment used in each course is donated locally and the final day of the course is dedicated to training the participants to teach these skills to colleagues in their local healthcare setting.